Sony has released an upgrade replacement for the ICX285 with the ICX825. I believe Atik is the first company to provide a CCD imager using this sensor.
I've seen the Atik 314L+, the Atik 460EX, and the Starlight Xpress SX9C on NSN delivering some very nice near live images. The best of which has been the 460EX run in 2x2 binning mode. The unfortunate aspect of running a 460EX color camera in binning mode is that color is lost, but the images are excellent and better than any video cameras I've seen. These near live images are generated from single frame exposures or live stacking for dimmer objects. The resolution of the 414EX is 1392x1040 which will provide similar detail as the 2x2 binned 460EX.
I'm hoping that this new the Atik 414EX will provide enough sensitivity so that one can do color single frame near live imaging. The specs seem to indicate that it can, and like I said I've seen less sensitive cameras do a fair to excellent job. The write up for the 414EX states that it is 60% more sensitive than the 314L+ and even more sensitive than the 460EX. Now whether the 4i4EX is as sensitive unbinned as the 460EX is in 2x2 binning remains to be seen thus same resolutions remains to be seen, but atleast it will be in color. I can envision having both b&w and color 414EXs so that one can do narrow band near live imaging besides color.
Edited by DonBoy, 15 December 2014 - 06:59 PM.